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Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives

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From Saturday, June 19, through July 11 in commemoration of Juneteenth, Flux Projects will present Charmaine Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives, honoring the unmarked graves in Oakland’s historic African American Burial Grounds

Through this project, Minniefield celebrates the Ring Shout, a traditional African American worship and gathering practice, whose origins in West African ritual and ceremony predate slavery. Minniefield explores evidence of its survival in contemporary dance, music, and spoken word as a testament to the resilience of a people.

Visitors to Oakland’s African American Burial Grounds can examine a replica of a Praise House, a small wooden structure used for worship. The Praise House will include a multimedia installation of the Ring Shout with video projections on the interior of the building and a sound installation emanating from the structure over the newly restored section of the Cemetery.

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To ensure the safety of audience members during COVID, a limited number of people will be admitted into the Praise House at a time.

  • Walk-ups will be accommodated if there are open slots.
  • The Praise House is an indoor space. People are encouraged to wear masks according to CDC guidelines.
  • The Praise House and sound installation, along with the historic setting of the African American Burial Grounds, can be enjoyed outside.
  • Accessibility: The project is wheelchair accessible, though as a historic site, not all areas of Oakland are wheelchair accessible. The main entrance is paved with cobblestones. Both the East Gate and Memorial Drive Gate have either a step or curb. Those with mobility issues are invited to park within Oakland’s grounds for easier access. Please contact FLUX Projects with questions or to make special arrangements at
  • Parking: Free parking is available in the lot outside Oakland Cemetery’s main gate at 248 Oakland Avenue @ MLK, Jr. Drive.
  • Directions: Signage will direct you to the project within the cemetery from any of the three cemetery gates.